If you’re interested in the growing field of information technology, you can expect plenty of opportunities. Computer and information technology is expected to grow at double-digit rates in the years ahead as cloud computing, big data, mobile computing and computer networks all expand at a rapid pace. With this in my mind, here’s a look at some of the most popular IT degrees in the U.S.
- Electronics and communications engineering
Electronic communications engineering is the utilization of science and math applied to practical problems in the field of communications. If you’re interested in repairing or developing electronic communication systems, a degree in electronic communications engineering may be right for you. Electronic communications engineers engage in research, design, development and testing of the electronic equipment used in various communications systems. It is due to electrical engineers that we enjoy such modern communication devices as cellular telephones, radios and television.
- Software engineering
A software engineer degree involves the study of analog/digital signal processing, microprocessors, microwaves and fiber optics, giving the graduate the tools to tackle technological challenges every day. One unique aspect is that the course syllabus of software engineering will often offer slightly differing course structures depending on the academic institution. For example, many may have a stronger focus on mathematical foundations and others more computer science.
- Systems engineering
In the professional world, computer systems engineers combine hardware and software to design and implement integrated computer systems for applications in such areas as robotics, artificial intelligence, aerospace and avionics systems. Systems engineers provide the leadership and coordination of the planning, development, and engineering of technical systems, including hardware and software components. In many higher education institutions degrees in systems engineering are often viewed as being an extension to the regular engineering courses.
- Computer engineering
A degree is computer engineering focuses on the relationship between computer hardware and software systems. Graduates are trained with the ability to evaluate systems and design efficient IT solutions. Post-graduation, it is important for computer engineers to keep up with rapid advances in technology. Therefore, many continue learning throughout their careers through additional courses and certifications. This can be helpful, especially when it comes to learning new skills or improving existing ones in the ever changing technology industry.
- Computer science
Computer science blends theoretical knowledge and practical skills to explore technical topics. A computer science degree educates students on how to theorize, design, develop and apply the software and hardware for the programs we use day in day out. However, since computer science is a wide field, courses required to earn a bachelor of computer science degree vary between institutions so it is smart to research all the curriculum before applying for this degree.
As technology evolves, the demand for highly skilled workers in the field has grown alongside and therefore so have the educational opportunities. UMSA is committed to supporting the ongoing education of security-related fields and professional, including many of the above-mentioned degrees. As such, we are excited to announce the date for our second annual Student360 event—February 24, 2018. Keep your eyes on the Student360 website for more details. Hope to see you there!